John Lydgate

1370 - 1450

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John Lydgate of Bury (c. 1370 – c. 1451) was an English monk and poet, born in Lidgate, near Haverhill, Suffolk, England. Lydgate's poetic output is prodigious, amounting, at a conservative count, to about 145,000 lines. He explored and established every major Chaucerian genre, except such as were manifestly unsuited to his profession, like the fabliau. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Lydgate has received more than 201,781 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. John Lydgate is the 6,508th most popular writer (down from 5,995th in 2019), the 5,780th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 5,551st in 2019) and the 660th most popular British Writer.

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  • 15

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  • 1.92

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  • 3.10

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Notable Works

Lydgate's Fall of Princes
Bibliography, English poetry, Nightingale
Lydgate's Siege of Thebes
The assembly of gods
Allegories, Manuscripts
Siege of Thebes
English Romances, Oedipus (Greek mythology), Romances
Lydgate's Reson and sensuallyte


Among writers, John Lydgate ranks 6,508 out of 7,302Before him are Christopher Moore, George MacDonald Fraser, Countee Cullen, F. Sionil José, Patrick Kavanagh, and Richelle Mead. After him are Alice Sebold, Marian Keyes, Colson Whitehead, Ransom Riggs, Kiera Cass, and Sarah Winnemucca.

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Among people born in 1370, John Lydgate ranks 22Before him are Heinrich von Plauen, Temür Qutlugh, John of Görlitz, John IV, Duke of Mecklenburg, Leonel Power, and Muhammad VII of Granada.  Among people deceased in 1450, John Lydgate ranks 18Before him are Bengt Jönsson, Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg-Urach, Nils Jönsson, Catherine Karlsdotter, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and Giovanni d'Alemagna.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Lydgate ranks 5,780 out of 8,785Before him are Allenby Chilton (1918), Jasper Fforde (1961), George MacDonald Fraser (1925), Ninian Stephen (1923), Edward Andrade (1887), and Alan Cox (1968). After him are Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford (1868), Dave Greenfield (1949), Hablot Knight Browne (1815), Emily Beecham (1984), Daniel Kaluuya (1989), and David Lack (1910).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Lydgate ranks 660Before him are Walter Besant (1836), Angus Wilson (1913), Felicia Hemans (1793), John Arden (1930), Jasper Fforde (1961), and George MacDonald Fraser (1925). After him are Sidney Lee (1859), Charles Stross (1964), John Gribbin (1946), Elizabeth Inchbald (1753), Richard Lovelace (1617), and Jeff Noon (1957).